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Random beauty musings

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, October 29, 2006 1:08 AM (Eastern)

Perfume is like a memory in reverse. When you smell it, you don't know you are creating a memory. It's only much later, when you smell it again, do you realize that you even have such a recollection.

I suppose I've become less interested in cosmetics, and more interested in perfumes. Some of it has to be inevitable; you get settled. You have your favorite cosmetics, and these tend to last a very long time. Even if you have the misfortune of having a favorite makeup item discontinued, if you're sharp enough, you'll be able to find something similar...there are only so many colors of makeup.

Once the variables have been reduced to next to nothing...which colors to use, which brands to buy, which application techniques to employ...what then?

Perfumes have far more variables to reduce to begin with. Moreover, I feel the perfume market itself has changed. You no longer have to go to a department store and choose from whatever's there. You now have a next to infinite variety of scents available to you at the click of a mouse.

Ergo, the newer b & m, mainstream scents have become, to my (not particularly acute) nose, not as good as before. They smell flatter to me, less complex; there is less "there" there. It's in direct proportion to the growth of the more obscure perfume houses. Again, next to inevitable.



Colleen Shirazi continues to blog here: Life of Colleen
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